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01/06/2005 11:57 AM ET
Tigers acquire Vance Wilson from New York Mets
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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has acquired catcher Vance Wilson from the New York Mets in exchange for minor league infielder Anderson Hernandez.

Wilson, 31, saw action in 67 games with the Mets in 2004 and batted .274 (43x157) with 10 doubles, four home runs and 21 RBI. He nabbed 34.4 percent of baserunners attempting to steal against him (11x32), while posting a .993 fielding percentage behind the plate last season.

"Vance Wilson is a professional back-up catcher," Tigers President, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David Dombrowski said. "He is one of the best in the business at his role, in addition to being a quality individual in the clubhouse."

In 267 games during his major league career, Wilson has a .254 batting average (165x649) and 17 home runs.

Hernandez, 22, split time with Double A Erie and Single A Lakeland this past season. In 138 games between the two levels he hit .283 (151x533).

Additionally, the Tigers today designated for assignment the contract of outfielder Alexis Gomez to create a spot on the club's 40-man roster for Wilson.

The Tigers today announced pitchers and catchers report to Lakeland on Thursday, February 17, with the first workout the following day. The balance of the squad reports on Monday, February 21, and work out as a full squad the following day.

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